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Geotechnical Engineering

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About our program

The geotechnical engineering program at the University of Nevada, Reno has evolved over a period of years, which is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of its well-respected faculty members. By emphasizing a few selected topics the faculty has been able to remain vibrant and at the forefront of geotechnical engineering research and education. Geotechnical engineering faculty collaborate closely with faculty focusing on pavements and structures engineering as well as with faculty in the University's Mackay School of Mines and Engineering.

Over the years, the research focus has been in the following areas:

  • Behavior of deep foundations and retaining structures under static and seismic conditions
  • Assessment of vehicle-pavement interaction
  • Soil liquefaction and remedial techniques

Labs and centers

Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory

  • Primary contact: Ramin Motamed
  • Major focus: Complex stress path testing with feedback of soils under drained and undrained conditions; cyclic triaxial testing; large-scale soil model testing; flex wall permeability measurements


Sherif Elfass

Sherif Elfass

Research Associate Professor

(775) 784-6664

Ramin Motamed

Ramin Motamed

Assistant Professor

(775) 784-6960

Gary Norris

Gary Norris

Professor Emeritus

(775) 784-6835

Raj Siddharthan

Raj Siddharthan


(775) 784-1411

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